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In this Feb. 20, 2015 photo, diners eat at U.S. Taco Co., which is owned by Taco Bell, in Huntington Beach, Calif. As people increasingly reach for foods that stray from the norm and seem less processed, some companies are testing whether it would pay to tuck away their famous logos in favor of more hipster guises. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

As tastes change, big food makers try hipster guises

Sunday, March 1, 2015

At a taco shop in Southern California, milkshakes are served in mason jars and a chalkboard menu lists “The 1%er” made with lobster meat. The logo is a pink skull and instead of buzzers, customers are given license plates so servers can identify them when bringing out orders. Nowhere is it evident that the U.S. Taco Co. is an outpost …

Try a taste of this Scandinavian Lenten treat

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My father’s side of the family emigrated to the United States from the Swedish-speaking part of Finland. And though I have never been to the land of my ancestors, I was raised to love cardamom, which is to Swedes and Finns what cinnamon is to Americans. The weeks leading up to Easter are, …

Homemade mozzarella in 40 minutes? Not a stretch

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pizza night in our house is full-on DIY. Homemade pizza dough and sauce from summer’s canned tomatoes, sure; that’s de rigeur. But homemade mozzarella? Oh, yes. Quite simply, it’s a revelation. Mozzarella is entry-level cheesemaking: satisfying, quick, inexpensive and fun. Stretching the cheese is like pulling taffy, but the cheese is quicker to …

Budweiser campaign highlights rift between ‘big beer,’ craft

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Attention die-hard craft beer drinkers: This Bud’s not for you. After several years of losing ground to craft brewers, Anheuser-Busch, the country’s biggest brewery, seems to be conceding that its flagship brew may not fly with fans of …

Lawsuit claiming needles in Burger King food heads to trial

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Trial scheduled in needle burger lawsuit A lawsuit filed by a retired soldier who swallowed needles in a Burger King sandwich is headed for trial after another attempt at a settlement failed. Clark Bartholomew sued the fast-food chain after he said needles pierced his tongue and another got …

California appeals ruling that allowed foie gras again

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

State of California appeals foie gras ruling California filed an appeal last week of a federal judge’s ruling that blocked the state’s ban on the sale of foie gras – a delicacy that gourmets consider heaven and animal …

Rethinking muffaletta as a thin-crust pizza for Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I love pizza. I love muffaletta. I thought they probably would be easy to love together. So I decided to combine them. In honor of Mardi Gras, I created a muffaletta flatbread, a basic thin-crust pizza topped with …

10 fresh ideas for using slow cooker pulled chicken and pork

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Lots of people love their slow cookers. Just as many folks don’t. I tend to be in the latter group. Not because I don’t appreciate the dump-and-go convenience. And I certainly enjoy being greeted at the end of …

Panel reverses, says white potatoes okay for WIC recipients

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The white potato has been ostracized by health officials for several years – but no more. It’s now back in favor. The Institute of Medicine said people aren’t getting enough starchy vegetables or potassium and fiber, nutrients that are plentiful in potatoes. In a new report released yesterday, …

Coke bets on ‘premium milk’ to boost declining category

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it’s betting people will pay twice as much for it. The national rollout of Fairlife over the next several weeks marks …

A cauliflower soup so rich you won’t believe it’s so simple

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

It’s easy to overthink things in the kitchen. It’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that flavor needs a whole lot of labor – or at least a long ingredient list. I certainly was of that …

An easy, customizable chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sometimes it takes just a few simple ingredients to win my heart. That’s what fellow Southerner Ben Mims recently did. And he did it with candy. Truth is, I’m generally not the sort of person who makes candy …

Burn notice: Greek Eggplant Dip

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

When George Pagonis asks for charred, he means charred. As in so burned it’s barely recognizable. That’s the case, anyway, with eggplant, the main ingredient in the melitzanosalata at Kapnos, the Greek restaurant he co-owns in Washington, D.C. …